Queen waves TT flag for Soca Warrior Champions
The featured bands were 2U (imitating U2), No Duh (imitating No Doubt), Almost Queen (for Queen), Separate Ways (for Journey) and don't-know-their-name-because-thankfully-we-left-during-their-second-song (for AC/DC). 2U opened the show and I wasn't impressed. They didn't look or sounded like U2. I was also unimpressed for 'Journey'. During their (second-to-last) performance I sat on the ground amidst empty plastic rum/beercups and water bottles and slept.
Out of all the bands, I found 'No Duh' did a good job. At least the singer looked (somewhat), moved, dressed and sounded like Gwen Stefani - so at points it felt like looking at 'the real thing'. And they incorporated strong stage presence and humour into their act which made it at least more interesting to look at. I held my breath for 'Almost Queen' ... wondering if their Bulgarian lead singer would look like Freddie Mercury. He was somewhat shorter and not as angular, but managed to pull it off, getting the swarthy complexion, trademark sideburns & moustache, skinny legs, strut, the mannerisms and the pouting/open-mouth movements - but minus the famous buck teeth. He was also impressive on the keyboards. Breath was held again as they launched into the classic "Bohemian Rhapsody", which everyone must have been waiting to judge them on. Amazingly, they pulled it off, aaaaaaaaaaaalmost sounding like 'the real thing' and managing to turn a potentially sacriligeous opportunity into one worthy of cheers from the crowd.
However ... the real cheers came close to the end of 'Almost Queen's' set when 'Freddie' mentioned the match on Tuesday and announced that "This one is for the Soca Warriors!" The band (accompanied by screaming 'fans') broke into a thunderous "We will Rock You" immediately followed by a rousing version of WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS in which some TT flags in the crowd suddenly ceased to be headties and became wild, frenzied blurs. Much to everyone's delight, Freddie himself had a Trini flag on a stick and was waving it like a true patriot as the whole crowd screamed out the lyrics (at least the chorus, which most people seemed to know):